80 PERCENT OF TORONTO'S NOVEMBER COVID CASES WERE AMONG RACIALIZED GROUPS: CITY'S TOP DOC

Jan 22, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Nearly 80-percent of Toronto’s COVID-19 cases in November were among racialized groups in the city, which is a much higher percentage than the 52 percent of the city’s population who identify as belonging to a racialized group.

Meantime, 21 percent of Toronto’s COVID-19 cases in November were among people who identify as white, while 48 percent of Toronto’s population identifies as being white.

The new coronavirus also disproportionately affects households with a lower income.

Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, explains that racialized communities are more likely to work on the front lines, putting them at more risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

But Doctor Eileen de Villa has delivered some good news in the battle against the virus.

She says the seven day rolling average of new cases has dropped to 730 from 772 a week ago.

“We do want to see sustained trends,” Dr. de Villa explained, “We are hopeful when we see indications if improvement, but just as is the case with any clinical or medical situation, you take specific signs of improvement with some caution. We know how very delicate a balance this is.”

Overall in Ontario, while the case rate remains high, Associate Medical Officer of Health Doctor Barbara Yaffe says it has shown a decline for the first time since mid-November.

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